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7 Reasons Why Jesus Would Hate Christmas

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From the commercialization of Jesus Christ’s not-birthday to its pagan origins.

Another holiday season is in full swing, and we’re already seeing the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth over the so-called “war on Christmas.” But would Jesus have even approved of our culture’s most treasured holiday? If we want to keep the Christ in Christmas, we might have some explaining to do, because we’re pretty sure Jesus would never have celebrated Christmas. Here are the seven reasons why.

 

As the ardent socialist he would be if he were alive today, Jesus would whole-heartedly reject the capitalistic, consumerist, commercialized holiday that advertisers have turned December 25th into. And supporting this theory are a multitude of pesky Bible quotes that we usually prefer to ignore.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

“And Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.’” Matthew 19:23-24

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’” Matthew 19: 21

Recently, Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation, in which he decries capitalism.

“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”

Jesus wasn’t very frugal anyway, always giving things away to help the poor and whatnot, so he wouldn’t have had money saved up to buy presents. But we know he liked to party, so he could perform some cool magic tricks for you at dinner.6) Christmas trees.

Christmas trees are a remnant of Germanic pagan traditions that couldn’t be further removed from the Christian faith. But even more importantly, Jesus has a rocky history with trees. Remember his encounter with the fig tree? It didn’t go so well. Jesus was hungry, the fig tree hadn’t produced fruit yet because it wasn’t the season for it, so he cursed the tree and it withered. There’s a reason he was a carpenter and not a lumberjack. Case closed.

5)  It’s not even his brfday!

Sure the sentiment is nice, but December 25th wasn’t the day Jesus was born. The date was chosen largely to align with a variety of pre-existing winter festivals (see below). A few years ago astronomers calculated that Jesus might have actually been born in June.

4) The Bible’s not big on birthdays.

Even IF December 25th was Jesus’ birthday, he still wouldn’t celebrate it. In the few instances where birthdays are described in the Bible, they usually lead to murder. For example, Matthew 14: 6-10 talks about King Herod’s birthday, in which Herodias’ daughter dances for Herod, which is so pleasing to him, he declares he will give her anything she wants. And she asks for John the Baptist’s head on a platter. For those who aren’t aware, John the Baptist was a good, God-fearing man, who baptized Jesus! But ask and ye shall receive, so Herod acquiesced to her request. Birthdays were also viewed as having pagan origins because someone or something was being idolized and worshipped, which is why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays.

3) Paganism.

If there’s one thing God doesn’t like, it’s worshipping false idols. Yet many of our modern Christmas traditions have pagan origins that would make our Lord and Savior see red. Aside from the Christmas trees, celebrating Christmas on December 25th stems from Roman pagan traditions. Roman pagans introduced the holiday Saturnalia, in which a week-long period of drunken lawlessness ensued between December 17-25, culminating in a human sacrifice. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival, hoping to refine the practices and convert the pagan masses.

2) Santa is the devil.

I mean his name is an anagram for Satan and he dresses all in red. Hmmmm. Santa’s origin was born from Saint Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra. He was idolized and eventually a tradition spread to commemorate his death on December 6th by filling children’s shoes with candy. Over time, he took on attributes of the Germanic god Wotan (or Odin for the Thor fans), depicted as a white-bearded old man who rides across the sky to lead the Wild Hunt and gives small presents to children. With the help of novelist Washington Irving and Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast, the story and image of Santa Claus were complete. All that was left was mass commercialization, which the Coca Cola Corporation kindly stepped in, creating a coke-drinking Santa in 1931 that wore a bright red fur-trimmed suit. Hence Santa was born — part saint, part pagan god, and all commercial idol.

1) Jesus was a Jew.

Even Reform and irreligious Jews face the “December dilemma” of trying to reconcile their religion and traditions with the more dominant Christmas-celebrating culture they’re a part of. Sure, many Jews do celebrate Christmas along with Hanukkah, but we’re guessing Christ, who was a fairly religious guy by all accounts, would have abstained

by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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terpmama
by Silver Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I think op's point was that given what we know (according to the bible), of Jesus, that the current incarnation of the vast majority of Christmas revel ears wouldn't jive. (I have a fever, so let me try that again).... Here are 7 reasons that many find "the war on Christmas" to be silly based on the "known"/believed values and practices of Jesus.  Basically that Christmas, for a vast majority of people, has morphed over the years/cultures into a secular if not capitalistic "Hallmark holiday" as opposed to the once religious celebration. That the current strife is not a war on something that would be supported by Jesus, as he would have had issues with the celebration many variations ago, but that it comes across as wining about no longer being the only celebration and petty fit throwing that they "Christians" must share this time of year with other beliefs and celebrations. Basically chits has been missing from Christmas for a loooong time.

Quoting Farmlady09:

Soooo ~ are you saying that Christians should only celebrate the religious aspect of Christmas (which is the only part some celebrate), or only non-Christians should celebrate ANY part of Christmas (which would sort of eliminate the entire holiday due to it's religious nature (if that isn't the case, then why is there so much angst over those plastic baby Jesus statues being seen)?

Or is the OP claiming to speak for/as Jesus?


waldorfmom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 4:57 AM
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Puh-lease!

An anagram turns Santa into the devil?! By that "logic", the popular anti-religious meme which takes God and turns it into "dog" is ... valid instead of childish !

Also want to comment on Jesus being socialist.

Perhaps we have differing definitions of Socialist. From what I understand of the technicalities involved in creating a socialist economic system in a country ... and from what we see played out in every country which ha turned itself into a socialist economy ... socialism is based on the assumption that the individual does not count, that the individual's needs are less important that what will be good for the "herd".

Usually, the shift to socialism has included a denial of the culture's religions. This is understandable because Socialism arose from Darwin's theory, broadened and distorted into a social rationale which insisted that if man evolved from animals, then man is merely a higher animal and does not have any spiritual component. So ... religion out the window.

In fact, without the view that every person is a child of God, was created by God, reverence for every individual fades pretty fast from one generation to the next.

Jesus Christ's main focus was on the individual: the free will of the individual, the individual learning to be more and more responsible for himself (obeying the 10 Commandments not only in outward actions, but even in his thoughts) ... valuing every individual (even as you have done it  for the least of my brethren, you have done it for me) ... and on and on.

I just don't think Jesus Christ was at all "Socialist" (remember, socialism is inevitably totalitarian. It either starts out that way - as with the Nazis, whose name was an abbreviation of the National Socialist Party - or becomes that way as the Socialists force the population to obey their ideas so they can get the socialism installed - as in India when it turned away from the free market-style economy of British colonialism, which resulted in the incredible starvation and squalor which made its cities so infamous ... and which was alleviated when India left socialism and turned back to free market principles, lifting millions out of poverty)

Now, he was socially compassionate. Which is completely different.


Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

I highly doubt that any Christian minds sharing ~ what they mind is being told to hide their part of it.

Quoting terpmama:

I think op's point was that given what we know (according to the bible), of Jesus, that the current incarnation of the vast majority of Christmas revel ears wouldn't jive. (I have a fever, so let me try that again).... Here are 7 reasons that many find "the war on Christmas" to be silly based on the "known"/believed values and practices of Jesus.  Basically that Christmas, for a vast majority of people, has morphed over the years/cultures into a secular if not capitalistic "Hallmark holiday" as opposed to the once religious celebration. That the current strife is not a war on something that would be supported by Jesus, as he would have had issues with the celebration many variations ago, but that it comes across as wining about no longer being the only celebration and petty fit throwing that they "Christians" must share this time of year with other beliefs and celebrations. Basically chits has been missing from Christmas for a loooong time.

Quoting Farmlady09:

Soooo ~ are you saying that Christians should only celebrate the religious aspect of Christmas (which is the only part some celebrate), or only non-Christians should celebrate ANY part of Christmas (which would sort of eliminate the entire holiday due to it's religious nature (if that isn't the case, then why is there so much angst over those plastic baby Jesus statues being seen)?

Or is the OP claiming to speak for/as Jesus?

 

 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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Jesus wouldn't even like Christianity.  He never meant to spin off a separate religion from Judaism, that was Paul's idea.  And when he found out what has been done to Jewish people in the name of Christianity he would be especially horrified.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Actually the only thing Jesus told his diciples to remember (not celebrate but REMEMBER) was his death.

Kazoo22
by Bronze Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

He'd probably have kept up with the times. . . .minecraft anyone? ;P

Quoting GLWerth:

He was a carpenter by trade, I think he'd be all about Legos. Legos are cool!

Quoting shannonnigans: He might have liked it had he gotten cool presents. He loved train sets.



Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM
I think what we know from my reading of the Christian's Bible is that Jesus would be horrified by the commercialism & greed of Christmas. Of course, I'm Jewish, so what would i know? Oh wait, he was too...
shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM
When Christ , the devout Jew, finds out that his flock dispensed with Judaism in its entirety, I've a feeling he's not going to be so happy upon his return.

Assuming you believe all of this, which I do not.
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1Giovanni
by Becca on Dec. 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Jesus wouldn't hate anyone. Jesus might be unhappy with christians of today but he wouldn't hate them. He don't hat the sinners nor the non christians so that tile is off.
GLWerth
by Gina on Dec. 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Oh, I hear conversations about that all the time!

"I NEED more sticks!" "I'm out of DIRT"!

Quoting Kazoo22:

He'd probably have kept up with the times. . . .minecraft anyone? ;P

Quoting GLWerth:

He was a carpenter by trade, I think he'd be all about Legos. Legos are cool!

Quoting shannonnigans: He might have liked it had he gotten cool presents. He loved train sets.




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